Author: Matthias Leyrer

Matthias Leyrer

About Matthias Leyrer

Matthias Leyrer is a resident of Mankato looking to restore a fraction of its old glory. He writes about the economic, aesthetic, practical and financial issues facing the city of Mankato going Follow him @mjleyrer

The Full Force of Urban Renewal

Morning all and happy voting, I’m working on a project that shows Mankato throughout the years. In this project I thought that I would try and show a more interactive version of what Urban Renewal did to Mankato. A little backstory. During Urban Renewal Mankato ripped out five city blocks of historical commercial development in their […]

Investing in Transit “Because Millennials” is a Bad Idea

I’m guilty of using this point when I want to win an argument. Millennials want options, especially in transportation. If cities want to attract new talent, younger residents and diverse citizens, you need to invest in transit. Right? Well… It’s not that cut and dry. The idea of investing in transit “because Millennials” is just plain […]

New Ulm Referendum Passed; Now What?

Well, it happened. The referendum allocating $47 million dollars for a new high school along with renovations to current schools passed with a narrow margin of 52 votes. Is it the end of the world? No, absolutely not. If I’ve known people from New Ulm to be anything, it’s responsible with their money and investments–we’re Germans […]

More School Money Madness

If you follow me on Twitter or are my Facebook friend, you know that I think the new Mankato middle school is a bad idea. You can read a great post about it here from my friend and Mankato native Nate Hood. Luckily for you friends, I’m not here to talk to you about this school. Unfortunately for […]

Follow Up: How to Blow $20,000,000 on 1,100 People

After basking in  my 15 minutes of internet fame when my post hit the front page of Streetsblog (which was here on first), I was quickly shaken from my pedestal by pro-roaders, one of whom accused me of doing “no research” and “spewing bullshit.” I’ve come to address such concerns of “the haters” that I’ve encountered on the interwebs […]

How to Blow $20,000,000 on 1,100 People

We need roads. We need good roads that are built with a purpose and have a high return on investment. Roads that have purpose and efficiently connect productive places. The road I’m talking about though, doesn’t really fit the above criteria.

What Conan Teaches Us About Small Streets

I think that sometimes we get caught up in the jargon of urbanism and fail to give accessible, simple examples of why things like small streets matter. Cue Conan. This segment from Conan’s show is a perfect example of the human scale and what happens while just wandering the streets. I tried linking to the […]

Mankato’s Civic Center Expansion Could be Worse

  In the wake of the Super Bowl 2018 “victory,” we’ve failed to recognize that our southern friends in Mankato (pretty much just me) are getting the long-awaited expansion to their Civic Center. Some of us have talked before about how Civic Centers are generally boondoggles, but I’ll attempt to mount a bit of defense […]

One Small Step for Walkability — One Giant Leap for Mankato.

Monday March 3rd is a date to be celebrated among Mankato residents. At a regular city council meeting (which was packed to the brim with supporters) the council voted unanimously to approve a roughly $1.3 million redevelopment of Front Street. A little context on Front Street: Pre-WWII downtown Mankato was arguably one of the best […]